David Grabbe, reminding God's people that the Church of God was alone in the world for many years in keeping a Monday Pentecost, observes that, when Mr. Armstrong corrected that faulty understanding, the door opened for another misunderstanding, this one concerning the day of the Wave sheaf offering when the Passover fell on a …
The count to Pentecost should not be any different in those years when Passover falls on the weekly Sabbath — the same instructions apply.
If Israel had offered a foreigner's grain, it would have violated Leviticus 22:25. The conditions for a wave sheaf offering were not right until Joshua 22.
Most know very little about the wavesheaf offering, even though it represents one of the most significant acts: the resurrection and ascension of Christ!
The wavesheaf offering is reckoned from the weekly Sabbath within the Days of Unleavened Bread. It had specific requirements that were not met in Joshua 5.
The late spring Feast of Pentecost shows the harvest of firstfruits, God's church. It is a continual reminder of our part in God's plan!
Joshua 5 makes no mention of a harvest, an altar, a priest, the waving of the sheaf, or the offerings God commanded to accompany the waving of the sheaf.
Because Pentecost does not have a specific date, God commands us to count from the day after the weekly Sabbath falling within the Days of Unleavened Bread.
How does one count to Pentecost when Passover is on a weekly Sabbath, making the Last Day of Unleavened Bread the only other available Sabbath to begin the count?
Like Christ, we too are firstfruits, represented by the leavened loaves picturing our acceptance by the Father.
The name of Boaz (a type of Christ) appears many times more than Ruth (a type of the church), indicating Christ's intense work on behalf of the church.
Neither Christmas or Easter appear in the Feasts of the Lord, but we find plenty of emphasis on the resurrection and ascension of Christ in the Holy Days.
Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament types, slain as the Passover Lamb, resurrected with the cutting of the wavesheaf, and ascended to His Father at the time of the waving of the sheaf.
The Kingdom parables allude to the process of spiritual maturity, depicting a planted and cultivated seed becoming a sprout, eventually bearing fruit.
A scriptural explanation of the time of Christ's death, burial and resurrection, showing that He died on a Wednesday and rose from the dead on the Sabbath.
Old Testament activities picture New Testament realities, elevated to their spiritual intent. The church has been chosen as a royal and holy priesthood.
God mightily used Gideon, initially a timid man who required multiple signs from God, when he began walking more by faith than sight.